Sleep is a natural part of everybody's life, but many people know very little about how important it is, and some even try to get by on a minimal amount.
It is something our bodies need to do; it is not an option. Like diet and exercise, is important for our minds and bodies to function normally.
It gives the body cells an opportunity of ridding themselves of waste and of repairing themselves.
It is essential to good health as it refreshes the body and the mind. If you get enough sleep regularly every night you will feel and also be able to work better.
How much sleep should a person get each night? The answer depends on the individual. Some people require more, while others require only a minimal amount of sleep. The individual needs to get the amount of sleep necessary to feel alert, healthy, and totally fit. Nervous and tense people usually require more sleep than those of a placid disposition.Inadequate sleep can cause decreases in:
* Reaction Times
* Consolidation of Information Learning
About 16 hours per day
From 6 months to 3 years: between 10 and 14 hours per day. Infants and young children generally get their sleep from a combination of night time sleep and naps.
Ages 3 to 6: between 10 and 12 hours
Ages 6 to 9: about 10 hours
Ages 9 to 12: about 9 hours
About 9 hours of rest per night.
For most adults, 7 to 8 hours a night appears to be the best amount rest.
Older adults are also thought to need 7-8 hours of rest. However, this may be for shorter time spans, is lighter than a younger adult’s, and may include a nap during the day.
During pregnancy, women may need a few more hours of sleep per night, or find that they need small catnaps during the day.